DNC Chair Tom Perez, Bernie Sanders Are Kicking Off Democratic Unity Tour Today

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Senator Bernie Sanders, who has been publicly criticizing the Democratic party for a while now, is kicking off a “unity tour” with DNC Chairman Tom Perez today.

Sanders supported Keith Ellison for the chairmanship, but after Perez won, the Vermont senator congratulated him and said, “It’s imperative Tom understands that the same-old, same-old isn’t working and that we must bring in working and young people in a new way.”

In fact, it was only just yesterday that Sanders said the Democrats should have “put more resources” into the Kansas special election last week.

Well, now he and Perez are traveling cross-country together, and it’s not just in blue states.

Today Sanders and Perez are going to be in Maine, and throughout the week they will be making stops in Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Nebraska, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. (You’ll notice that President Trump won most of those states.) It’s being called the “Come Together and Fight Back Tour.”

When the unity tour was first announced, a Washington Post report quoted Sanders as saying, “It’s absolutely absurd that the Democratic Party has turned its back on working people in literally half the country… This is part of our effort to revitalize the Democratic Party, to turn it into a grass-roots party.”

(Former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz responded to this charge Sanders has been making by arguing that the party already is grassroots.)

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